Definition of protactinium in English:

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protactinium

Pronunciation: /ˌprəʊtakˈtɪnɪəm/

noun

[mass noun]
The chemical element of atomic number 91, a radioactive metal of the actinide series, occurring in small amounts as a product of the natural decay of uranium. (Symbol: Pa)
Example sentences
  • Along the way, these disintegration series produce radioactive isotopes of protactinium, thorium, actinium, radium, francium, radon, astatine, polonium, bismuth, lead, thallium and mercury.
  • A new method of radioactive tracing involves the use of a new clock, based on the radioactive decay of uranium - 235 to protactinium - 231.
  • The dates of discovery of these elements as 1789 for uranium, 1829 for thorium, 1899 for actinium and 1913 for protactinium.

Origin

Early 20th century: from proto- 'original, earlier' + actinium, so named because one of its isotopes decays to form actinium.

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